The Precious Life

5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children’ “Who are these with you?” he asked’

Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant'”

6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down’ 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down’ Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down’

8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”

“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said’

9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother’ Keep what you have for yourself'”

10 “No, please!” said Jacob’ “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me’ For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably’ 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need'” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it’ Genesis 33:5-11

After a friendly “meet and greet,” Esau reluctantly accepted Jacob’s appeasement gift. It was such a large gift that he had to accept. Jacob was so wealthy that it meant very little to him to give it all away. Of course he believed he was negotiating for his life, so he could have given everything and come out ahead if he thought Esau would take his life.

We see that kind of “negotiation” in movies all the time: very wealthy individuals would give up their entire fortunes just to live another day. Even they recognize the value life has over material possessions.

We’re rarely placed in those kinds of situations so we don’t know what we would do, but I suspect it would be close to the very wealthy. We realize that life is precious though probably not as much as we should.

Take some time today to let someone in your life know how precious they are to you, just because you can.

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